There are changes and there are CHANGES!
And, with American Idol Season XIII, the two go hand in hand.
Last evening, MJSBigBlog.Com released major spoilers and schedule changes for this year’s season of American Idol.
And, I was flabbergasted! And confused! There is a lot going on with this year’s program and I am not too certain that I am crazy about some of these ideas. It all seems so forced and unnecessary.
Here is the what MJ had to report:
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. I got a hold of the full schedule for American Idol XIII plus format changes. American Idol will debut with a two-night four-hour premier, on Wednesday January 15 and Thursday January 16.
Hollywood Rounds begin Wednesday Feb 5
Semi-finalists revealed Thursday Feb 13
WINNER CANDICE GLOVER will be featured in a VICTORY SPECIAL on Tuesday Feb 19!
Voting begins Wednesday Feb 19
FAST PASSES awarded Wednesday March 5
The Finale will take place in NEW YORK CITY! Tuesday May 20 and Wednesday May 21
Here’s the format. Auditions are as always, and will take place over a 6 episode two week period. ”The Road to Hollywood” is coming back. That will be the last episode. See the schedule below!
The Hollywood Rounds air in 3 parts. There will be a “Green Mile” episode. by the end of it, the TOP 50 will be whittled down to the Top 31.
Candice Glover gets her very own special! On Tuesday Feb 18. Candice returns to celebrate the long-awaited release of her debut album, Music Speaks. She’ll also be on hand to preview the NEWLY DESIGNED IDOL STAGE and advise the new contestants. The special is named Candice Glover: Up Close and Personal. The American Idol season 12 winner will sing songs from the new album. There will also be a Q&A and surprise musical guests.
Here’s where the big changes come. The semi-finals will come in TWO phases.
The Top 31 will be split into 3 groups based on AGE. Seniors, Intermediates and Juniors.
Starting, Wednesday Feb. 19, One group of semi-finalists will sing for both the judges consideration and America’s votes, in 3 separate episodes.
On Thursday Feb 27, in the first results show, only 16 semi-finalists will advance. This is the first LIVE show.
On Wednesday March 6 in a 2 1/2 hour broadcast, the Top 16 will perform live.
Before the votes are cast, a few will be fast-tracked to the finals.
On Thursday March 7, The Top 12 will be revealed, live.
The finals begin on Wednesday March 12. The Judges Save is STILL A THING. On Thursday May 15, an expanded Idol will commemorate its 500th episode. A finalist will be eliminated. THIRTY MINUTE RESULTS SHOW DURING THE FINALS PHASE.
The GRAND FINALE will take place in New York City at Madison Square Garden. The Final 2 perform on Tuesday, May 2o and the winner will be revealed on Wednesday May 21.
Seriously? Why do we have to divide the singers into three groups? Have they been channelling The X Factor? And what does “fast track” mean?
The one thing that I LOVE is the 30-minute Results Show. Thank you and Hallelujah! An hour was just painful.
And, oh yes, I am thrilled that Season 12 winner, Candice Glover, is receiving her own special. What a great, great idea and I wish this idea had been implemented years ago.
I don’t know what you think, but that Top 24 semi-final format was the best format. Twelve girls, twelve guys, four eliminated each week over a three – week period until your Top 12 was reached. It just worked.
MJ has also added the complete schedule. I always find it comical that I have to saunter over to MjsBigBlog to find the schedule. I can never find it over on the American Idol Official Site. Too funny!